Audios & Videos on Taiwan History
The NMTH has received generous donations of audio and video materials relating to the period of Japanese rule and the postwar years. These have all been well restored and published, making an impact on the TV and film industries, as well as academia. The NMTH has also reached out to institutions which preserve audio and video items relating to Taiwan, such as the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, so as to access these materials and sign collaboration agreements. Visitors will soon be able to browse through these audio and video materials.
- 1.Digitization of Film Reels at the NMTH
The NMTH holds 175 reels of early theater films and 138 screening licenses. The museum has also received videotapes from members of the public. Upon restoration and digitization, these materials have been republished. The first, released in 2008, is Colonial Japanese Documentaries on Taiwan, which includes four documentaries made during the Japanese era: Marching Southward to Taiwan, Civil Dojo, Taiwan Youth Corp for the Nation, and a silent propaganda piece about the Chianan Irrigation System entitled Blissful Farmers. The second is Taiwan Panorama: Selected Documentaries on Taiwan in the 1930s (released in DVD format in 2018), which includes Taiwan Panorama, Safeguarding Taiwan and Announcement Ceremony and Grand Ceremony for Construction Completion of Tainan Shrine and Its Garden. The library has also acquired a 16mm film entitled Houlong Public School Sports Day, Year 12 of the Showa Era.
These videos are available for viewing at the museum. Marching Southward to Taiwan and Taiwan Panorama, in particular, provide extraordinary records of Taiwan’s people and customs in the 1930s. Having been extensively cited and lauded by members of society, these two films are considered important references for the study of historical documentaries, media, and film.
Colonial Japanese Documentaries on Taiwan: Restored Images of the Japanese Rule by the National Museum of Taiwan History. Tainan: National Museum of Taiwan History, 2008.
Taiwan Panorama: Selected Videos on Taiwan in the 1930s. Tainan: National Museum of Taiwan History, 2018.
An indigenous psychic and her altar in front of a kuwa (a house of worship) at Toushe, in modern-day Tainan’s Danei District. Photo by Asai Erin, 1930.